Jones Family Gift Fuels “Dialogue” Series

A meaningful gift from Becky Jones and her sisters in memory of their father, William “Bill” Jones, and in honor of his kindred spirit, Joan Campbell, will support the South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series. Now in its seventh season, the highly regarded lecture series brings prominent guest speakers to campus to discuss current events and cultural, social and political issues. Sadly, Bill, a South Franklin Circle resident, passed away January 16, 2015, days shy of his 93rd birthday.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, Bill was a man of insatiable intellectual curiosity with a passion for new ideas. His notable career included serving as vice president of TRW and as president and chief executive officer of Cleveland Machine Controls. He was a leading member of numerous civic, educational and organizational boards, and founder and first chairman of the Council of Smaller Enterprises. Post-retirement in 1996, Bill focused his energy on perfecting one of his many patents through the launch of a new company, DynaMotors. In addition to his many business and community accomplishments, Bill raised four daughters with his wife of 62-years, Betty, who passed away in 2006.

“Community dialogue was one of my father’s greatest interests,” said daughter Becky. “Most evenings he would attend a lecture or a cultural event. He was constantly learning.” The Jones family gift will benefit the many lifelong learners residing at South Franklin Circle and is a fitting tribute to a man whose inquisitiveness and relentless enthusiasm for life inspired all who knew him.

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